Maryland forward Jalen Smith (25) defends Purdue center Matt Haarms (32) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in West Lafayette, Ind., Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

BEVO BEAT Men's Basketball

Preview: Texas vs. Purdue

Posted December 8th, 2018


Texas vs. Purdue

When: 5 p.m. Sunday

Where: Erwin Center (capacity 16,540)


TV/radio: ESPN2/104.9 The Horn

About the series: Texas leads the all-time series 2-1. The two teams have not met since the 2003 NCAA Tournament. The Longhorns captured a second-round win 77-67 to clinched a trip to San Antonio for the South regional. UT eventually reached the Final Four.

TEXAS (5-3)
2GMatt Coleman IIISoph.6-29.33.4*
12GKerwin Roach IISr.6-414.95.6
13GJase FebresSoph.6-56.31.6
21FDylan OsetkowskiSr.6-911.39.1
20FJericho SimsSoph.6-98.05.3
Coach: Shaka Smart (55-53, 4th year at Texas; 218-109, 10th year overall)
*-indicates assists per game.

About the Longhorns: Lost in the muck of Wednesday’s loss to Virginia Commonwealth was another solid performance from sophomore Jericho Sims. He had 14 points on 7-of-9 shooting and six rebounds. Several of his baskets were easy looks around the rim off the low post. That’s 30 points from him in two games. Even though the Horns had a size and athletic advantage, they rarely drove and drew fouls. Texas had only eight free throw attempts all game and only two in the second half. This game marks the halfway point of a six-game home stand. Texas does not play again until Saturday against Grand Canyon.

PURDUE (6-3)
3GCarsen EdwardsJr.6-123.93.1
14GRyan ClineSr.6-614.03.3*
20GNojel EasternSoph.6-65.64.6
24FGrady EifertJr.6-64.65.2
32CMatt HaarmsSoph.7-37.94.7
Coach: Matt Painter (301-152, 14th year at Purdue; 326-157, 15th year overall)
*-indicates assists per game.

About the Boilermakers: Coach Matt Painter’s club had a similar start to the year as Texas did. Purdue jumped out to a 4-0 start and then ran into turbulence. Losses to No. 16 Virginia Tech, No. 15 Florida State and No. 7 Michigan took the wind out of Purdue’s sails. Thursday’s win over No. 23 Maryland snapped a seven-game skid to ranked teams. Carsen Edwards had his seventh 20-point game of the season. He’s the only Division I player to score at least 19 points in every game this season. Matt Haarms needs six blocks to have 100 for his Boilermaker career. Redshirt freshman Aaron Wheeler is also poised for a breakout. He had 15 vs. Maryland.

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